The Android 4.4 KitKat is an update of Google’s mobile software and was available from 31 October 2014. As is the case with the other updates, the purpose of the Android 4.4 KitKat update was to improve the device’s performance and offer better features and services which we look at below.
NFC Payments Upgrade
Near-field communication (NFC) payment is a growing trend and an increasing number of phones have an NFC chip built into them. Google has included a new feature called Host Card Emulation which helps the connection between the applications and the NFC chip. Google is hoping this will help with NFC payments once this new technology really takes off.
KitKat features support for low power sensors and utilizes a process known as hardware sensor batching. Android will ensure sensory input is queued up and processed in batches so the central processor no longer has to be in a high-power state in order to accept and process the data it receives from the phone’s sensors such as gyroscopes and GPS. What this means for you is longer battery life while keeping sensory activities such as Google Now operational.
Always Listening Google Now
This new update also includes a change to Google Now. Instead of initiating searches by the usual method, you can simply say the phrase ‘Ok Google’ and your device will respond to voice requests. Rather than needing to launch a separate app, searches can be made from the homescreen as you start commands by saying ‘Ok Google’.
Manufacturers were quick to update their products with KitKat but as is the case with the lightning fast world of technology, the Android 4.4 KitKat is no longer the most recent update as the Android 5.0 Lollipop was released on 12 November. For more news on the latest updates for your smartphone contact a professional that stays up-to-date with the latest tech news.